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Program Description
 

Overview






White House Group





US Capitol

Students participating in the McCain Institute Policy Design Studio & Internship Program intern four days a week at an organization of interest to them (options include, but are not limited to, federal departments and agencies, law firms, lobbying and consulting firms, advocacy groups, media outlets, museums, think tanks, and non-profit organizations). Students also participate in a weekly seminar at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, taught by McCain Institute staff, in which they will research solutions to real world foreign policy issues. In addition, students will visit government agencies, historical sites, and attend networking events. This is a fantastic opportunity for students in any program, undergraduate or graduate, to gain valuable skills and hands-on work experience.  

Quick Facts

  • Live and intern in Washington DC for the semester, study how public policy is made, and earn 12 upper division credits!

  • For students with interest in international relations, a strong work ethic and a passion for new ideas and experiences.

  • Deadline: Apply by October 1!


Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.

Location




DC Reflection Pond


 

Location Details

Washington, DC is awash with sites to see from the famous icons of the Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial to the 555-foot Washington Monument where you can get great views of the city. Beyond the inspiring monuments, many colorful and diverse neighborhoods offer hip new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, live music and theatres. (Courtesy of Lets Go)

Washington, DC is a city of colourful and diverse neighbourhoods, filled with shops and galleries, historic homes and small museums, urban parks and spectacular gardens. It is awash with sites to see from the famous icons of the Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial to the 555-foot Washington Monument where you can get great views of the city. Beyond the inspiring monuments, the many colourful and diverse neighbourhoods have been revitalised to offer hip new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, live music and theatres. (Courtesy of Lets Go)

Academics

Eligibility Requirements

Students must have completed at least 60 hours of coursework at ASU by the end of the semester in which they apply (exceptions may be made for transfer students) and a 3.0 GPA.

Courses

Undergraduate students will earn 12 upper division POS credits for their participation, which can count toward upper division major and/or general elective requirements.
POS 484: ASU-McCain DC Internship I (6 credits)
POS 484: ASU McCain Institute Internship II (3 credits)
POS 494: McCain Institute Policy Design (3 credits)

Graduate students will earn 9 graduate POS credits for their participation
POS 584: ASU-McCain DC Internship I (6 credits)
POS 598: McCain Institute Policy Design (3 credits)

McCain Institute Policy Design Course:
Students participate in a weekly seminar at the McCain Institute and research solutions to real-world foreign policy issues. Under the supervision of senior director Ambassador Michael C. Polt, and working directly with a retired Ambassador as an adjunct faculty member, students are immersed in a highly creative and intense exercise of learning the process of foreign policy decision making. Students are constituted as a U.S. Embassy staff to a specific country and manage a reality-based diplomatic agenda. They are assigned the actual roles of embassy team members, and together with Ambassador Polt practice how foreign policy is developed and executed in the field. Through research, design and class discussion, participants create a data set relevant to foreign policy implementation, visualized using the McCain Institute’s Decision Theater.

Examples of Past Student Internship Placements:

  • International Republican Institute
  • Business Executives for National Security
  • Federal District Court – Judge Grimm
  • Offices of Congressmen: Joe Wilson, Tom O’Halloran, Paul Gosar
  • Washington D.C. Mayor’s Executive Office
  • Secular Coalition for America
  • Middle East Institute
  • McCain Institute
  • Center for New American Security
  • Center for Budget & Policy Priorities
  • Smithsonian Museum
  • Law Offices of Paul Strauss & Assoc., P.C.
  • Brookings Institute
  • US Dep. of State
  • US Dep. of Justice
  • National Defense University
  • Office of Inspector General

Application Process

In addition to completing the program application, students will need to submit two recommendation forms from academic or professional references, an unofficial transcript, clear scans of a student ID and a government issued ID, and four passport-sized photos. Once applications are reviewed, students will interview with a selection committee.











Group Class



National Gallery



Classroom

Faculty

Director

Dr. Cameron Theis
Professor and Director of School of Politics and Global Studies
E-mail: cameron.theis@asu.edu
Phone: 480-727-2518


Internship Coordinator

Ms. Gisela Grant
GCDF Internship Coordinator & Global Career Development Facilitator
E-mail: Gisela.Grant@asu.edu


Design Studio Policy Faculty

Ambassador Michael C. Polt 
Senior Director at the McCain Institute for International Leadership

Ambassador Edward B. O'Donnell
Professor of the McCain Institute Washington Policy Design Studio









McCain Classroom

Housing



Group in front of Monument

Program Housing

Students will live at the Washington Intern Student Housing at Woodley Park. The apartments house six students each and have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. All apartments are furnished and include utilities, AC, wireless internet, cable TV, cookware, dishware, and daily maintenance. Amenities include on-site staff, a computer lab, and access to social events. The apartments are centrally located, two blocks from the National Zoo and two blocks from the Metro. It is one Metro stop from Dupont Circle, three stops from downtown Washington DC and the White House, and six stops from Capitol Hill.

Access

Access & Diversity

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find at ASU. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.





Jefferson Memorial

Cost

Cost Information

The program fee for Spring 2019 is $5,515This price includes: program fees, housing, business cards, three group meals and one excursion. Not included: ASU tuition and student fees, airfare, daily meals, personal expenses, accident/illness insurance, or non-program related optional excursions. The Fall 2019 program fee is TBD. This price includes: program fees, housing, business cards, three group meals and one excursion. Not included: ASU tuition and student fees, airfare, daily meals, personal expenses, accident/illness insurance, or non-program related optional excursions.

Study Abroad Office program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for fall or spring for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet (Fall 2018/Sping 2019) to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Resources

Links to Additional Resources

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Student Perspectives


Julia Schroder, Fall 2017 Participant
"The McCain Institute Policy Design Studio is the best way to learn about the Foreign Service, short of actually becoming a diplomat! While I was in Washington, D.C., I built up valuable skills that I will take into the professional world after I graduate. This program encouraged me to take risks, think creatively, and try new things. We dove deep into foreign policy, but I was also exposed to the broader political landscape in Washington. I made valuable connections through my internship and my course, and overall I loved my semester in DC!"

Michael Garlid, Fall 2017 Participant
"The McCain Institute program is an unmatched opportunity to live and learn in our nation's capital while pursuing an internship that supplements your academic career and develops your professional career.  I was able to continue learning about foreign affairs and intern at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in the Office of Communications and Marketing to develop a professional area I hadn't tried before!  The Foreign Policy Design Studio has helped me to get an internship with the State Department overseas by giving me experience in a professional environment centered on foreign policy."

Matthew Jernstedt, Spring 2018 Participant
"The McCain Institute Policy Design Studio gave me the confidence to commit to a career in diplomacy. Where else can students learn from distinguished diplomats while interning in our nation’s capitol? While studying under Ambassador O'Donnell, I learned more about the art of diplomacy and how government agencies, the military, and the private sector interact in our efforts overseas. This program demonstrates the value of SPGS as a global institution, and I could not recommend it more highly to students."

David Okinyi, Spring 2018 Participant
"The McCain Institute program offers the experience any student would want. The connections in D.C, support for the internship, and the teamwork in the classes is beyond what a normal class provides.  I'm glad I was a participant and ended up staying in D.C for almost a year. My internship turned into a paid position. I would highly recommend this program to any student."

Michael Michaud, Spring 2018 Participant
"Participating in the McCain Institute Policy Design Studio and Internship program proved to be nothing short of a game-changer for me. I arrived in Washington, DC with a very clear path ahead in mind and I left with a completely different one. I couldn't be more thankful for that. The first-hand experiences I had in class and at my internship gave me valuable insight into who I was and what I really wanted to do. The professional networks and relevant skills that I built led to a fantastic job and reliable connections I know I can call upon in the future. It is no exaggeration to say that this program has changed my life for the better and I know I am not alone in that sentiment."
 


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 04/20/2018
**
Rolling Admission 08/18/2018 12/02/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/05/2019 04/30/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed